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post #841 of 984
I was on my second pair of Ortofons due to cable defect in the first one. The right driver was giving out if the cable was not in the right position (I found push the cable in helped, but only for a few months). The left driver wire started dying near the Y split if it was not in the right position. This is after a cable defect in my old X10.

However, I sold my working e-Q5 for some cash. This left me with my first defective pair. Here is my experience repairing the left piece. The right side was fixed by positioning the wire and strapping it with tie wrap.

I nearly destroyed the left ear peice trying to open this thing. You will have to clamp down the larger ear and pry open the smaller piece from the joint area to pop it (don't be surprised if there are cosmetic scars). I wouldn't worry about breaking it. It took the force of hulk to pop open using a precision flat head and some pliers because it is basically all steel body. The actual driver sits entirely in the smaller piece, so it will not split. The larger piece contains the wire bundle and hard plastic acoustic backing that has a small hole for the cable that separates the compartments. Once the small end is opened, you will have to cut the existing wire to remove it entirely. I then shoved a precision flat head (as large as allowable) from the outside of the body (where the cable comes in) and pop the plastic backing out from the larger piece. This will take some work since it secured extremely well using what appeared to be lock tide that filled some of the larger piece's space. Mine took come damage but I was pretty careless handling since I didn't know how to work with it at the time (it can certainly be avoided). I then removed the cable bundle and cut it off. I pulled from more of the wire through the ear piece and cut new ends. Soldering it on to the driver it self was hard because the 28awg cable is extremely thin and solder points are extremely small.I had to lightly clamp the small piece to hold it still while I carefully soldered the new cut wire back to the driver solder points (remember to pull the wire through the white plastic backing first). Be sure to get a clean solder with good contact. The first time I did it, I missed enough strands to make it sound horrible. Once it was done properly, I had to replace the material used to stuff the larger piece where the cable bundle was. I used this black tar I had lying around that I use to repair many patch many things. It filled the large piece completely while gripping the wire somewhat so it does not completely pull on the driver (or you can tie the wire into another bundle before soldering it; I didn't want to shorten the cable anymore).

I know it might be hard to follow without pics. But I'll post some pics of the cosmetic damage it took in the process. Maybe I'll draw up some diagrams. The internals were a lot simpler than I thought it would be. The e-Q5 has not serious build quality for sure. But the cable is crap. I am thinking of replacing it completely. Could you guys point me where to buy a high quality cable to replace these with? If I can get my hands on one, I will certain take pictures the next time I open these.

Moral of the story, never buy another IEM that does not have a detachable cable no matter how good in sounds. I don't want to experience this again.
Edited by RobinK - 5/1/13 at 5:35am
post #842 of 984

I really wanted to get the e-Q5 but the lack of detachable cable always bugged me. For roughly the same price I got the Shure SE 425s instead.

post #843 of 984
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Originally Posted by jay-w View Post

I really wanted to get the e-Q5 but the lack of detachable cable always bugged me. For roughly the same price I got the Shure SE 425s instead.

 

You must be trippin if you think those Shure's can beat the Ortofons in sound quality lol

post #844 of 984
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Originally Posted by geko95gek View Post

You must be trippin if you think those Shure's can beat the Ortofons in sound quality lol

I am actually planning to go to a store to demo the Shure 535 as an upgrade to the Ortofon even though mine are fixed now. I will post my side by side comparison impressions in a week or so when I get my chance. But I will say straight up, I do not think the Shure 425 is an upgrade to the Ortofon e-q5 (My e-Q5 was an upgrade to my previous 315). I have limited experience with the 535 and it is the only Shure I would recommend looking into the it as an upgrade to e-Q5.

Here is what my e-Q5 looks like after trying to open it:

Edited by RobinK - 5/2/13 at 5:21pm
post #845 of 984

How do these stack up against the FXT-90 for EDM?

post #846 of 984
I'm planning to buy the Ortofon E-Q5 as my next headphones and I would like to know what sources you guys use with these phones. I'm currently only using an iPhone 5 but I was wondering if it's really an upgrade worth of $100 to go to a Colorfly C3 or a Cowon for example.
post #847 of 984
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Originally Posted by Mcbbvb View Post

I'm planning to buy the Ortofon E-Q5 as my next headphones and I would like to know what sources you guys use with these phones. I'm currently only using an iPhone 5 but I was wondering if it's really an upgrade worth of $100 to go to a Colorfly C3 or a Cowon for example.

C3 + C&C BH is an awesome combo!
post #848 of 984
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Originally Posted by Lifted Andreas View Post

C3 + C&C BH is an awesome combo!

I've heard that before smily_headphones1.gif. But I really have only $100 dollar left on my $300 dollar budget because of the choice for the E-Q5... So is only a C3 also a big upgrade for the E-Q5?
post #849 of 984
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Originally Posted by Mcbbvb View Post

I've heard that before smily_headphones1.gif. But I really have only $100 dollar left on my $300 dollar budget because of the choice for the E-Q5... So is only a C3 also a big upgrade for the E-Q5?

Ah I see, well it's talked about in both C3 and BH threads. Just check them out!

Those two have an amazing synergy when paired together. If you dont have the cash for both now then just get the C3 if you don't have a good source already.
post #850 of 984
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Originally Posted by Lifted Andreas View Post


Ah I see, well it's talked about in both C3 and BH threads. Just check them out!

Those two have an amazing synergy when paired together. If you dont have the cash for both now then just get the C3 if you don't have a good source already.

 

My source now is an iPhone 5. Not too keen about he sound quality. I think I will try it first and will buy a C3 and C&C BH later if I see them discounted or second hand.

post #851 of 984
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Originally Posted by Mcbbvb View Post

 

My source now is an iPhone 5. Not too keen about he sound quality. I think I will try it first and will buy a C3 and C&C BH later if I see them discounted or second hand.

 

Ah thats not bad, you can just add the C&C BH to it and enjoy the improved sound quality. wink.gif

 

It's not that expensive at all.

post #852 of 984
Anybody care to gift me the small ortofon tips?

Sell me them?

Nvm
Edited by UnityIsPower - 6/17/13 at 8:55pm
post #853 of 984

For those who have owned the e-Q5's, how durable have they been?

 

I cannot see how the cable attaches to the shells, so I was a little hesitant.

post #854 of 984
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Originally Posted by Mormonsloot View Post

For those who have owned the e-Q5's, how durable have they been?i bought mine second hand but my left channel keeps cutting in and out. I think it's coming from where the wire splits off to the two ear pieces. It really annoying and sucks cause they sound great. But I don't think I'd buy another pair. Too brittle I think. I heard its from getting the cables cold.

I cannot see how the cable attaches to the shells, so I was a little hesitant.
post #855 of 984

pacman, thanks for the feedback.

 

Anyone else want to chime in?  I would be buying these as a b-day gift for my brother, he loves Ortofon carts, so I have no doubt he would love the sound on the e-Q5 as well.

 

I just want to make sure I am buying him something that will last and hold up to daily use.

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